Gerek Meinhardt: A Transformative Athlete for the Ages

Notre Dame's two-time NCAA foil champion and two-time Olympian has left a profound impact on American fencing, at three fundamental levels.


3/5 Men and Women's Fencing Conference Championship

Men and Women's Fencing competes in the Conference Championship on March 5th.


Captain (2010, 2011)

NCAA Runner-Up Finisher (2009)

NCAA Fifth-Place Finisher (2010)

NCAA Eighth-Place Finisher (2011)

NCAA 11th-Place Finisher (2008)

First Team All-American (2009)

Second Team All-American (2010, 2011)

Honorable Mention All-American (2008)

MFC Foil Champion (2010)

MFC Foil Runner-Up (2009)

MFC Foil Third-Place Finisher (2008)

First Team All-MFC (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

AS A SENIOR: Capped off career with fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships after putting together a 29-9 regular season that saw win total reach 191 for career ... earned fourth monogram ... named All-American for fourth time in career, receiving second-team honors ... also named first-team all-MFC for fourth time in career ... opened the year with a 9-4 record at the NYU Invitational, including a perfect 3-0 in the finale against Ohio State ... clinched the foil victory over Columbia with 5-1 decision over Megan Ng ... also clinched for the foil against Ohio State with a 5-3 triumph over fellow-NCAA qualifier Oksana Dmytruk ... posted a 6-3 record the following day at the St. John's Challenge ... clinched the overall match for the Irish against Penn State with a 5-0 triumph over Olga Ostatnigrosh and later clinched the foil win over St. John's after defeating Evgeniya Kirpicheva, 5-2 ... went 5-1 at the home Notre Dame Duals ... posted an 8-1 ledger at the Northwestern Duals ... clinched the foil and overall match victory against Princeton with 5-0 decision over Hyun-Kyung Yuh ... ended regular season with a lone victory in her only match at the Irish Duals against Chicago ... started postseason action with gold-medal showing at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... entered direct elimination as the top seed after going a perfect 6-0 in pool play with a perfect +30 indicator ... after defeating teammate Rachel Beck (11-9) in the semifinals, went on to take down Northwestern's Dayana Sarkisova, 15-6, in the gold medal bout ... followed that up by claiming second at the NCAA Midwest Regional after finishing 6-3 with a +9 indicator ... finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, concluding with a mark of 15-8 in round robin play with a +14 indicator ... recipient of the Most Valuable Foilist and Walter M. Langford Memorial Award.

AS A JUNIOR: Earned second team All-America honors after finishing fifth at the 2010 NCAA Foil Championships ... captured the 2010 Midwest Fencing Championship foil title and earned third straight selection as first team all-MFC ... selected as the Irish most valuable foilist ... finished the year with a record of 42-13 ... opened up with a 9-7 mark at the NYU Invitational, including a 1-0 record against NYU with a 5-0 decision over Jennifer Lee ... went 10-1 at the St. John's Challenge, including perfect 3-0 marks against St. John's and Columbia ... earned the match-clinching point against both St. John's (5-2 over Alanna Dunn) and Penn State (5-3 over Olga Ostatnigrosh) ... posted a record of 18-4 at the Northwestern Duals, including 3-0 records against Stanford and Ohio State ... concluded regular season with a 5-2 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... went 3-0 against Michigan before going 2-1 against Northwestern ... secured the title at the Midwest Fencing Championships, knocking off Oksana Dmytruk of Ohio State in the finals, 15-13 ... advanced to the finals with wins over Kate Nelson (15-1) of Xavier, Jae-Eun Chong (15-5) of Michigan, Irish teammate Phenix Messersmith (15-0) and Devynn Patterson (15-11) of Northwestern ... helped foil team to third-place finish, defeating Wayne State, 5-1, in the third-place match ... earned third straight berth to the NCAA Championships, finishing third at the Midwest Regional ... advanced to the regional semifinals with a 15-5 victory over teammate Darsie Malynn in the quarterfinals before falling to Oksana Dmytruk of Ohio State in the semifinals, 12-5 ... earned third with a 4-2 decision over Allison Henvick of Ohio State ... finished just outside the top four at the NCAA Championships, finishing round robin play with a 16-7 record and a +38 indicator.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished in second place at the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-American honors ... went 51-6 during the regular season ... opened season at the St. John's Duals, finishing 4-0 ... went 6-4 at the NYU Invitational ... finished 24-1 at the Northwestern Duals ... her 24 wins led the Irish women's foil team and included 3-0 marks against Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Cleveland State, North Carolina and Detroit ... also beat 2007 national foil champion Doris Willette in Notre Dame's victory over top-ranked Penn State at the Northwestern Duals ... went over the 100 win mark for her career at the Northwestern Duals ... turned in an impressive 17-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals, including going 3-0 against Michigan State ... advanced to the finals of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships to finish second and claim first-team all-conference honors ... her lone loss at the championships came in the final versus Northwestern's Samantha Nemecek, 15-12 ... began the direct-elimination round of the tournament as the 11th seed ... after a first round bye, beat Xavier's Kate Nelson in the round of 64 and Chicago's Annie Considine in the round of 32 ... knocked off Northwestern's Camille Provencal-Dayle, 15-5 ... downed Ohio State's Oksana Dmytruk, 10-9 ... in the semifinals, defeated Northwestern's Devynn Patterson, 15-2, to advance to the finals ... Notre Dame's top foil finisher at the NCAA Midwest Regional as she placed third to take home the bronze ... finished with a 5-0 mark in pool play ... in the final eight, posted a 15-8 win over Irish teammate Radmila Sarkisova to advance to the semifinals ... fell to eventual champion Oksana Dmytruk of Ohio State, 15-9, in the semifinals ... rebounded in the bronze medal bout to record a win over Ohio State's Lindsay Knauer, 15-8 ... her win marked the second consecutive year in which Reese has taken home the bronze at the NCAA Regionals ... went 19-5 in round-robin of the NCAA Championships to advance to the semifinals ... in the semifinal, beat Ohio State's Oksana Dmytruk, 13-11 ... lost to Penn State's Doris Willette, 15-5, in the final ... this came after beating Willette 5-0 in pool play.

AS A FRESHMAN: Finished in 11th place at the NCAAs to earn third team All-American honors ... one of a record seven Notre Dame freshmen to appear in the NCAAs ... earned first team all-Midwest Fencing Conference honors with a third place finish at the conference championships ... recorded a 69-12 record (.852) on the season ... her 69 wins tied Adi Nott for the most wins on the women's foil squad ... opened her collegiate dual season with a perfect 15-0 record at Air Force's Western Invite, allowing only 19 touches and recording five shutouts ... also notched a 5-3 win over Stanford's Jessica Wacker ... went 11-6 at the New York University Duals ... went 10-1 at the Northwestern Duals on day one and 12-5 on day two for a combined 22-6 mark at the event ... posted an impressive 21-0 mark at the Notre Dame Duals ... opened collegiate career with a 14th place finish at the Penn State Open.

PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered with the cross country team as a freshman and sophomore at Oldham County High School while training under Les Stawicki at the Louisville Fencing Center (where she started fencing at the age of 12) ... Stawicki is a former head coach of Poland's Olympic Fencing team and now serves as head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Team ... made fast progress under the direction of Stawicki, despite being only female foilist at the LFC club ... state and regional fencing champ throughout her high school years (also nationally ranked each year) ... National Merit finalist and scholarship winner who graduated first in her class ... also member of the National Honor Society ... member of the Notre Dame ROTC ... twin sisters, Caitlin and Sarah, ran cross country at Auburn from 2001-04 ... born February 8, 1990, in Okinawa, Japan ... daughter of Bill and Michelle Reese ... completing her degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering.

Reese's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2008 69 12 .852 11th
2009 51 6 .895 2nd
2010 42 13 .764 5th
2011 29 9 .763 8th
Career 191 40 .826 --

Hayley Reese
Hayley  Reese


Crestwood, KY

High School:
Oldham County




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